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St Leonard's Street, St Leonard's Primary School, Including Gateways, Railings and Boundary Wall

A Category C Listed Building in Dunfermline, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.0633 / 56°3'48"N

Longitude: -3.4508 / 3°27'2"W

OS Eastings: 309763

OS Northings: 686559

OS Grid: NT097865

Mapcode National: GBR 1Y.PYJQ

Mapcode Global: WH5QR.YVXN

Entry Name: St Leonard's Street, St Leonard's Primary School, Including Gateways, Railings and Boundary Wall

Listing Date: 10 March 2000

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394333

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46949

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dunfermline

County: Fife

Town: Dunfermline

Electoral Ward: Dunfermline Central

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

David Barclay (H and D Barclay), 1900-02; with later additions. Single storey; T-plan original building; simplified Edwardian Baroque design with 2-storey ogee-roofed pavilions and pedimented breaking-eaves dormers to principal (E) elevation. Coursed rockfaced sandstone droved at arrises with droved ashlar dressings; E W elevation harled. Base course and cill band to principal wraparound elevation. Chamfered reveals to mullioned and transomed windows; mainly droved surrounds elsewhere.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical 7-bay composition. Slightly projecting wide gabled central bay with large Palladian window arrangement; central bipartite with column mullion; adjacent narrow flanking windows with bracketed entablature continued (set back slightly) across central bipartite; round-arched overlight with keystones and rusticated voussoirs above. Gable shaped and shouldered with scrolled sections of coping; cornice at apex surmounted by ball finial on scolled legs; pendant finial below. Flanking pairs of tall breaking-eaves mullioned and transomed quadripartites with curved pediments. Small window adjacent to each of outer flanking bays; each comprising 2-storey pavilion with tall ornate wrought-iron finial with ball at apex; ground floor window with moulded surround, curved at head; window above with breaking-eaves bracketed shouldered pediment; curved apron.

W ELEVATION: 3 harled gable ends to centre; each stepped back from that to left. 4 regularly disposed windows to that to centre; central buttress. Added/altered sections set back to either side (see N and S elevations).

N ELEVATION: 2-storey pavilion bay to outer left; ground floor window with moulded surround; window with curved pediment above. Narrow slightly lower height bay adjoins to right; small window to ground floor; upper part corbelled out slightly with gable and Caernarvon-arched window. 3 narrow windows to low single storey section to right. Harled flat-roofed mid 20th century section adjoins projecting to right; semicircular pediment to original entrance set back to right return of right return; carved with shield and scrolls; replacement entrance off-centre below. 4-bay section set back to right; each with (adjoining) breaking-eaves mullioned and transomed quadripartites with half-timbered gables, apart from smaller piended breaking eaves window to left.

S ELEVATION: 2-storey pavilion bay to outer right; ground floor window with moulded surround; window with curved pediment above. Narrow slightly lower height bay adjoins to left; small window to ground floor; upper part corbelled out slightly with gable and Caernarvon-arched window. 3 narrow windows to low single storey section to left. Harled flat-roofed mid 20th century section adjoins projecting to left; semicircular pediment to original entrance set back to left return of left return; carved with shield and scrolls; replacement entrance off-centre below. 4-bay section set back to left; each with (adjoining) breaking-eaves mullioned and transomed quadripartites with half-timbered gables, apart from smaller piended breaking eaves window to right.

Grey slate roofs, piended to lower height projecting sections to N and S (adjoining pavilion bays); red ridge tiles. Windows mixture of timber sash and case and fixed frames with opening vents and top hoppers. Tall corniced wallhead stack with frieze to W of each pavilion at either side of principal elevation; round cans. Original cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: overall plan and some of door furniture intact. Main hall to centre of building open to king-post roof.

GATEWAYS, RAILINGS AND BOUNDARY WALL: low coursed rockfaced sandstone rubble wall surmounted by railings to E of building; chamfered ashlar coping; decorative wrought-iron scrolled panels at intervals to railings; wall raised in height as piers at intervals. Gateways opening to either side of building (that to N has had section of railed wall inserted in between piers); each comprising pair of square-plan coursed rockfaced sandstone gatepiers with raised moulded coping (with semicircular panel to each side) surmounted by ball finial; pair of gates with decorative wrought-iron panels to that to S.

Statement of Interest

The building has an unusual Edwardian Baroque principal elevation with a pair of tall striking decorative wrought-iron finials to the pavilions at either end.

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